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Opinion: Arizona lawmakers considering highly-controversial bill

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Over the past few days, national outrage has erupted over a potential law being considered in Arizona.

The bill, which is currently in consideration to be signed into law by the Governor of Arizona, is controversial, since it would allow business owners with strong religious beliefs to refuse service to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

Several such instances around the nation have already taken place.

Several months ago, a baker in Oregon refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Oregon has several anti-discrimination laws since. The baker who turned away the couple eventually saw the bakery close, due to public backlash. Several states have tried to pass similar laws, though most have failed.

Should this bill be made law Arizona will be setting itself up for tremendous backlash, from across the nation. Such a bill would practically allow business owners to practice hatred and discrimination. Not something that should be allowed, in any state or town. Throughout history, religion has been a subject which has divided so many, and it continues to divide.

Business owners who discriminate against paying customers, pleading their religion, are just asking for their businesses to close or be boycotted. What does it matter what your customers do in their private lives? Your job is to provide them with a service, not judge them.

As Americans, we are all entitled to equal protecting under the law. Whether you are gay, straight, Jewish, Muslim, etc., we are citizens. No one is above anyone else, nor does anyone else own this country. We live here together.

Hopefully, this bill in Arizona is not made a law, and a poor precedent is not set for future discrimination.

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